Phils claim Garcia off waivers

Phils claim Garcia off waivers

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies added to a stable of Spring Training possibilities on Friday, when they claimed right-hander Anderson Garcia off waivers from the Orioles.

The 25-year-old pitched for five different Minor League teams between the Mets and Orioles organizations in 2006, going 4-6 overall with a save and 3.84 ERA in 42 games.

The Orioles claimed him off waivers in August, and he combined to go 2-1 with a 2.40 ERA in nine games with Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Ottawa. The Dominican native was originally signed by the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent in 2001.

The Phillies now have 37 players on their 40-man roster.

Philadelphia also added to its non-roster invitees by bringing in Brent Abernathy and Lou Collier. Both have Major League experience, and Collier, 31, appeared in 32 games for the Phillies in 2004.

Abernathy, 29, hit .287 with five homers and 42 RBIs for Triple-A Nashville in 2006. A career .244 hitter, Abernathy spent parts of three seasons in the Majors with Tampa Bay (2001-03) and Kansas City (2003).

Ken Mandel is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.